Sefton Council: Recycling contract to save £900,000

image captionRecycling bins can continue to be put out on the same day

A local authority on Merseyside has saved £900,000 from its budget by negotiating a new recycling contract.

Under the new terms agreed by Sefton Council, recycling services will remain exactly the same and will be carried out by a firm called Palm Recycling.

It means residents should continue to put out glass, bottles, aluminium cans, paper, textiles and food waste on the same days as normal rubbish.

The authority must still make overall savings of about £20m in 2011/12.

Jim Black, Sefton Council's director of street scene, said: "The new contract is an excellent piece of business for the authority.

"Not only do we save money, but we also have an opportunity to enhance the range of materials collected via the household recycling collection service in the future.

"Our recycling rates are currently around 40% and hopefully through this new contract we can recycle even more and prevent more waste ending up in landfill."

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